The Cologne public prosecutor and the Ministry of Justice in North Rhine-Westphalia have no knowledge of a criminally significant connection between the abuse cases in Bergisch Gladbach and Lügde. "We have not gained any knowledge that perpetrators from our Bergisch Gladbach crime complex could also have been involved in the crimes committed in Lügde," said Attorney General Ulf Willuhn.

Security circles had confirmed on Tuesday evening that the investigators had found a possible link to the case in Lüdge. According to this, the authorities have long been investigating connections between relatives of the suspected perpetrator of Bergisch Gladbach and the campsite in Lüdge. "But there were no indications of criminally relevant facts," said Willuhn.

Willuhn did not want to confirm or deny reports that relatives of a suspect in the abuse case of Bergisch Gladbach used the campsite in Lügde. Westdeutsche Rundfunk, the RTL broadcaster and the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger had previously reported on such cross-connections, citing investigative circles.

The grandfather of the suspect from Bergisch Gladbach is said to have leased a parking space at the campsite in Lügde in the 1980s and 1990s. A cousin of the suspect from Bergisch Gladbach is said to have had a camping car and then sold it to one of the main perpetrators of Lügde, Andreas V.

The abuse series by Lügde in the district of Lippe, North Rhine-Westphalia, became known at the end of January. At a campsite in the East Westphalian city, child abuse had occurred thousands of times. Most of the children affected were between three and 14 years old at the time of the crime. Andreas V. and his accomplice Mario S. were sentenced to 13 and 12 years in prison in September. The court also ordered subsequent preventive detention for both.

Abuse case Bergisch Gladbach is expanding

The Bergisch Gladbach case is about a criminal network that is supposed to extend across Germany. A network of suspects is said to have abused children - some of them their own - and to have exchanged pictures of the acts. The investigation group "Berg" searches in chats and confiscated files for evidence of child pornography and sexual abuse. Several suspects are in custody.

The abuse case has expanded again, and its dimensions cannot be predicted, even after months of investigations into the pedophile network. There are currently suspected cases in twelve of the 16 federal states, North Rhine-Westphalia's Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) said on Wednesday. According to the minister, 36 victims and 51 alleged perpetrators are currently identified nationwide.